Happy Homeowners Choose
Third Verseman Home in a Row
Chad and Kelly Johnson and daughters Baye (left) and Lily recently moved
into their new Verseman home at Harvest Glen in Cary.
A major league hitter who bats three for three knows he’s having a good day. But a homebuilder that builds three homes in a row for a happy buyer couple feels like he’s won the World Series.
When it came time to shop for a new home early last year, the decision was easy for Chad and Kelly Johnson. They naturally chose to remain in Cary and build with Verseman Development, the firm that had crafted two other homes for the Johnsons in the past nine years: the first being a townhome the couple moved into as newlyweds in 1996, the second a single-family home the pair took delivery of as expectant parents in 1999.
“With the birth of our two daughters Baye and Lily in the past few years, we had outgrown our last home,” said Chad. “We were looking to build another completely custom residence—one with more interior space as well as a larger back yard for the kids to play in.”
The Johnsons found the ideal solution just a few blocks away at Harvest Glen, Verseman Development’s community of 94 custom homes on a property spanning 180 acres in Cary. There, they could choose a larger homesite, build a residence with more square footage, and keep their children in Cary’s highly acclaimed school district—ranked near the tops in the state.
“We worked very closely with Verseman’s in-house design team, who have great vision and instinct for the styling and amenities we were looking for,” Chad noted. “Because this was a one-of-a-kind home that we plan to live in for a long time, we didn’t want to rush the process.”
Chad and Kelly scrutinized the blueprints carefully, making the changes they needed before construction began.
“We were so thorough, in fact, that it took two-and-a-half months to get from the original drawings to contract, which is actually quicker than I expected it to take,” said Chad.
The result: Verseman created a totally unique, 5,000-square-foot dream home for the Johnsons that boasts four bedrooms plus a bonus room, three full baths, two half baths, a four-car attached garage, three masonry fireplaces, two-story family room, tray ceilings in the dining room and master bedroom, and a handsome stone and cedar exterior. The family moved in last November and quickly settled in.
“My favorite area is the kitchen and the adjacent hearth room, which flow together nicely,” said Kelly. “It’s a great way for the family to be together while we’re preparing meals. From the kitchen, I can keep an eye on the kids watching TV or playing in the hearth room.”
Kelly also appreciates the gourmet kitchen’s finer appointments, such as the granite countertops, white glazed cabinets, and high-end appliances—including a double oven with a warming drawer and twin dish drawer dishwashers. Each of these amenities came in handy in December when the Johnsons entertained family and friends at a holiday/housewarming party.
“Our home’s open floorplan provides much more extra room for everyone—including our two big Newfoundland dogs Max and Jo,” Chad added. “We’re also finishing our bonus room, which will serve as an office and homework area for the girls.”
As for a possible Johnson home no. 4, Chad said he can’t think that far ahead.
“I believe we’re here for the long haul,” joked Chad. “We plan to stay in this home at least until our daughters grow up and move out.”
Verseman recently opened sales on its final phase of homesites at Harvest Glen. Many lots are wooded, and some offer picturesque views of the adjacent Fox River. Other sites back up to scenic ponds, recreational areas and preserved open space. Additionally, many homesites are amenable to walkout or English basements. Buyers can also select a homesite based on preferred orientation, such as an eastern exposure to face the rising morning sun.
Base prices for a Harvest Glen custom home built from scratch start around $550,000, and home sizes begin at 3,000 square feet.
Buyers looking to move into a new Harvest Glen home right away can purchase a two-story inventory home at 28521 W. Harvest Glen Circle, now available for immediate delivery at Harvest Glen. This home features four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, family room, formal living and dining room, deluxe kitchen with granite countertops, double-access staircase, three-car garage, English basement, landscape package and 3,700 square feet, and is priced at $729,900 (all prices subject to change without notice).
Harvest Glen buyers also enjoy nearby Algonquin Commons and Crystal Lake shopping, as well as conveniently accessible Metra train service that brings commuters downtown in less than an hour.
To visit Harvest Glen, take Route 14 (Northwest Highway) to Three Oaks Road, go east three miles to Hickory Nut Grove Road, then north one block to the Harvest Glen entrance in Cary. A fully furnished model is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call (847) 516-9277, or visit www.verseman.com.
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